Ælfheah the Bald

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Ælfheah the Bald
Bishop of Winchester
Appointed934 or 935
Term ended12 March 951
SuccessorÆlfsige I
Consecration934 or 935
Personal details
Birth nameÆlfheah
Died12 March 951
BuriedOld Minster in Winchester
Feast day12 March

Ælfheah the Bald is the commonly used name for Ælfheah (died 12 March 951), the first English Bishop of Winchester of that name. He is sometimes known as Alphege, an older translation of his Old English name.


Ælfheah may have been a relative of Dunstan.[1] He certainly began his career as a monk at the court of King Athelstan of England[citation needed] and was made Bishop of Winchester in 934 of 935 .[2] He was an early mover towards the monastic reforms of the next generation and was tutor of Aethelwold.[citation needed] He died on 12 March 951[2] and was buried in Old Minster in Winchester. He was subsequently revered as a saint.[3]


  1. ^ "Toke, Leslie. "St. Dunstan." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 24 May 2013". Newadvent.org. 1909-05-01. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 223
  3. ^ Walsh A New Dictionary of Saints p. 28


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Walsh, Michael A New Dictionary of Saints: East and West London: Burns & Oates 2007 ISBN 0-86012-438-X

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Christian titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Ælfsige I